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Mar 13, 2013 4:30pm PDT
's sort of related to something called the law of large numbers. and if we have an event that we repeat over and over, a random event, and we do it independently many, many times, we find that it's going to eventually converge to a finite number that's between zero and one, and we call that the probability of observing the event. so the law of large numbers basically tells us that if we do a random event, a random outcome, over and over, it'll eventually converge to a well-defined probability. >> so we could take a very simple example, right? we could just do coin tossing. so i toss a coin, and if i get heads, i get a dollar. if i get tails, you get a dollar. so if we did this a million times -- a million is a pretty big number -- we would expect that after a million times i'd get about half of them i'd win, half of them you'd win, so that we should be even. >> exactly. and if you think about it, the first time we play the game, there will only be one winner and one loser, so there will only be one outcome. so we can't use our probability equation, because the probability is, one, that
Mar 13, 2013 7:30pm PDT
, and talking about how the great myths and the torah - exodus and liberation and the giving of the law of sinai - drive the whole liturgical or ritual cycle throughout the jewish year in terms of festivals. and also meet the needs of rites of passage experiences, like marriage or coming to adulthood in the bat and bar mitzvah - so there it is. another thing they do, besides transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, is rituals imply doing - they imply activity on the part of the believers. and for me, that's why i guess, of all the dimensions, if i had to pick one that just seems to be most interesting, and how odd this is the one where we don't have a roll-in - i guess we've seen plenty of rituals - but that's what's so fun about seeing people do things. whether it's praying or singing or chanting or drumming or dancing, humans are doing it - you can't see religious experience; that's why it's the hardest dimension for me as a teacher to teach. myths, you can read, but they don't capture like seeing someone doing something. yeah, janet? >> i was invited by the kidney foundation to do a
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